This season makes a turning point in the Sailor Moon story. The Sailor Senshi are confronted by a new enemy, the Death Busters. Rei had a premonition that this enemy would rule the world in an era called the Silence. To do this, the Death Busters need to find the three Talismans that would summon the Holy Grail. However, two mysterious Sailor Senshi, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, plan to find the Talismans before them... but without Sailor Moon's help.
It always seems that the longer a series goes on that it almost inevitably gets worse. That can pretty much be said for Sailor Moon S, the third season of the franchise. While it is not a bad series (far from it), I found that it was the most difficult of the three I have seen so far to watch.
It has always been a peeve of mine when a story develops to a point and then mystically finds itself reverting back. Sailor Moon S suffers from the introduction of some pretty unlikable characters plus the reintroduction of an annoying one. The later is Chibi-Usa, the future daughter of Usagi and Mamoru who pointlessly returns from the future, apparently to just become a pest. The progress made in the relationship between Usagi and Chibi-Usa apparently is meaningless as we are again treated to constant arguing and disrespect shown to her "mother". Honestly the whole time I just wanted Usagi to take her over her knee and throttle her back to the future. Even more inexplicable is Chibi Usa's constant interference in Usagi's and Mamoru's relationship. I mean she does realize if they aren’t together she won’t be born... right?
The other new characters are the introduction of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. A pair of completely unlikeable, cruel, and arrogant girls who never do answer for their own crimes as they ruthlessly pursue their own goals. Their rude and despicable attitude towards Usagi and the other guardian senshi despite being saved by them multiple times made them, for me at least, difficult to like.
For the most part these are my early impressions, and made it hard to get through the series until it starts to reach its climax. Chibi-Usa does become less annoying and she really isn’t in the series as much as it appeared she was going to be by the end. Though my dislike for Uranus and Neptune remained until the end. The story is pretty good but really not as strong as the first two series. The motivations of the villains don’t feel as defined as in previous seasons and the plot really feels repetitive for almost three quarters of the show. The weaknesses of the first two series remain, though the action is a little better. Mostly because of the addition of the new warriors the numbers of combinations increase which makes the battles a little more diverse. Though they are still pretty boring. I also felt that the Inner Senshi characters that are really important took too much of a backseat to the unlikable Outer Senshi. While each girl does have a couple episodes devoted to them it does feel like they have been mostly neglected. Also the romance elements were almost nonexistent in this series, which was a major disappointment for me. Despite all these things, the ending arc is very well done and I did enjoy the whole Sailor Saturn/Mistress 9 part of the story.
The art is probably the best it has been up to this point. Though there are a number of issues I had with the animation. Mostly this has to do with the really silly and overly long cut scenes, the biggest offender being Usagi's use of her special attack. Really was all that dancing around and spins necessary? Also the music really suffers here as well with the introduction of some of the corniest anime music I have ever heard. Now when the sailors transform we get treated to individual songs for each girl. I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh or cry when listening to it.
Overall though I still did end up liking this series, and it is particularly saved by the last arc involving Sailor Saturn. It has a number of flaws but it is still the Sailor Moon I know and love. It seems to know when you are really getting annoyed or frustrated with something and stops in time before you want to turn it off. Fans of the first two seasons will still enjoy this but you will probably be a little let down, particularly on the romance side, like I was. read more
Ou, I was a teenager when I started to watch and be a fan of this anime. We were a group of fans which imagined that we are SailorMoon or SailorMars and so. We watched these episodes and cried with characters etc. That was real fun.
Now I think this is one of the precious animes I have ever seen because it is funny un childish in its sort kind of way, it is romantic and a little bit nude but isn't too pervert to show to children, it shows different kind of situations that could happen in real life too (mostly metaphorical of course) and it shows that bravery and good friends are most valuable think in world.
It is good anime because of these situations which teaches us to be brave and never give up. At least from this anime I learned that and now I never give up and continuing to be brave when it is needed.read more
Here we are, three hundred anime reviews, not counting those few manga ones I've done. Those of you who are more familiar with my reviews are probably expecting something Sailor Moon related just because the hundredth and two hundredth reviews were both Sailor Moon series and it would be strange if this wasn't one. You are, of course, absolutely right. In keeping with that tradition, I'm going to talk about Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S, the third anime series to come to light. It ran from 94 to 95, but I digress. In the first series we saw the sailor soldiers defeat Queen Beryl & the dark kingdom, sacrificing themselves in the process. In the second series, their reborn bodies regained their memories and they bid farewell to their normal lives, which was especially difficult for Usagi given her finding ordinary life most endearing. They fought a pair of aliens and their Hell Tree and then proceeded to take on the challenge of the Black Moon clan with the help of ChibiUsa, the most annoying character in the series and Usagi's future child who didn't even have the decency to time travel in a police box or something else interesting. So, let's dive in and see what new adventure awaits us. I'm sure there will be much to discuss.
We open with a new threat. One that gives our heroines a cold sweat. They call themselves the Death Busters. Emerging from deep dimensional clusters. At the same time new soldiers appear. Representing a new era, we have Uranus and Neptune, both quite queer. I don't mean that in any kind of demeaning sense. So please don't take offence. It's quite literally true. These girls quickly cause yuri to ensue. The Death Busters are seeking talismans for reasons unknown. The Sailor Soldiers seek to make them atone. First, however, they must discover the talisman's locale. As well as Uranus and Neptune's motivations and rationale. Can they stop these villain from stealing the crystals of people's hearts? What's the best way to bring down these upstarts?
There's only one real narrative failing. At times the story seems to be flailing. Rather than pushing forward and progressing with the story. Fighting further monsters gives them glory. In all fairness, filler episodes are nothing new. The positive side to it is that they allow the characters to develop their dynamics without much ado.
On to more positive aspects. The narrative works in many respects. The battle against the Busters has some high tension. The whole conflict with Uranus and Neptune, revolving around differences in outlook, adds dimension. This is also the funniest the series has ever been. With plenty of humorous episodes and many a comedic scene. There's also some strong romance. Not betwixt Mamoru and Usagi, they've already blown their chance. The romance between Uranus and Neptune is really strong. You can tell that together they belong. There's also a budding romance when Hotaru and Chibi-Usa meet. It's really very sweet. The climactic battle is very intense. Containing several factors for suspense. It makes for quite interesting viewing. Seeing the plans that have been built up and the attempts at their undoing.
The cast in this works really well. Adding Haruka, Michiru & Hotaru really helps it excel. The three all get fleshed out back stories. Which help elevate them above simple categories. The villains are also quite interesting, I must profess. The way they're written has finesse. Like the other villains we've seen, they're quite sympathetic. They aren't just evil for the evils and unapologetic. You actually feel for them and hope to see them mend their ways. Before they find themselves going out in a blaze. Our favourite soldiers all make a triumphant return. Complete with more facets still for us to learn. I also have to admit that Chibi-Usa is vastly improved. With her more annoying attributes from the last series virtually removed. The character dynamics are very strong. Especially given that the cast has become a veritable throng.
The artwork in this looks quite dated. It's not bad but it's also not to be venerated. It has the usual over-used stock footage attacks. It also spends too much time with the transformations and those are facts. That being said, the backgrounds can look pretty nice. The series also has some more active action sequences that help add spice. All things considered, it all looks decent enough. Albeit it can be a bit rough.
The series brings back its already stellar cast. With additions for the new characters amassed. Ogata Megumi, Minaguchi Yuko & Katsuki Masako all make their appearance. Fitting in with perfect adherence. All the acting is quite terrific. With many actresses prolific. The music was composed by Arisawa Takanori and it's really good. Helping convey the mood and build the atmosphere as it should.
S has more yuri than the first two series of Sailor Moon. In that area,, the addition of Haruka & Michiru is quite the boon. These two have les-yay with all five main sailor soldiers, Haruka especially. There's even a scene where Ami, Rei, Makoto & Minako compete over which of them will dance with her when she's back from dancing with Usagi, freshly. That being said, it's their dynamic together that's truly a sight to behold. It just gets cuter as we watch it unfold. We also get Chibi-Usa and Hotaru's relationship. It's certainly no stranger to skin-ship. There's also a nice little scene where Ami gets jealous seeing Rei with another girl. Only to have really obvious relief when she discovers that it was perfectly innocent and not a romantic whirl.
That's it for Sailor Moon S, how does it hold up? Well, it's quite strong in terms of set-up. The characters get fleshed out and developed well. Their relationships are certainly swell. The artwork holds up the least. The rest of the attributes are surprisingly uncreased. Of the three I've looked at so far, I'd say this is the best. Being a definitive cut above the rest. In terms of rating, a 9/10 is how I'd rate it. Although I'm sure, like the first series, the English dub is shit. Starting this Sunday I'll go into this year's film festival week since it seems like good timing. Although those reviews will be sans the rhyming. I'll start with Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin since starting with a KnK film has become a habit. So let's see what's in store for the world they inhabit. Thanks for sticking with me for three hundred reviews. I hope my words have helped amuse.read more
Several things I took into account when I left R, the 2nd season of Sailor Moon.
The biggest one, now that Ikuhara has complete dominance of the series, will it be better than the surprising R?
Turns out I didn't take enough things into account; not only was Sailor Moon more popular than I imagined, but Toei must've not felt that they could compete with other angst-ridden series airing at the same time with author's content.
It took a while, but S is really no better than the 1st season of Sailor Moon. Padded, reverse character development, gambling the meat of the promise at the end; just makes another stepping-stone to "that great season Sailor Stars…"
Flashing back for a moment, the last episode of R did a fine job of hinting of the next villains who I can only compare to Dr. Gero from DBZ; mysterious, uses experiments to fight primarily, and deceptively goofy in his own right.
It also hinted the most complicated characters yet to see, Neptune and Uranus.
S had a lot to live up to; Earth based villain(s), and peculiarly different heroines are thing that can really make or break a show.
Of course, I wasn't expecting any of the usual tropes to disappear, such as transformation sequences, monster of the week battles, or how the characters can't identify the obvious. These annoyances aside, credit in how they make proper use of episodes for fleshing out Uranus and Neptune's unique cases, their unique bond, and why, should be in order.
However, I will not.
Because Ikuhara decides to have those episodes be little more than detailing for background. Once Uranus and Neptune's cards are down, hardly any camaraderie bonding that's signature to SM is present.
Heck, it actually widened the primary characters away more!
In that single instance, these fascinating new characters, chained to their destinies and almost let go of it to embrace real friends, only embrace what pained them more; a literal flick of a switch. Talk about inconsistent.
That takes half the show!
As I mentioned earlier, Toei must've had their hands full with DBZ/GT, or felt scared about competing with Gundam, the Brave series, or Eva, because the art remains a little late-R throughout; no improvements.
Aside from interesting monster transformations that are extremely creative with their habitual powers (quite cool actually!), its all chump change to what beauty Toei neglects.
Musical wise, Arisawa must've liked the variations he practiced with the R Movie(which is good), since he gives each of the Inner Sailors a personal theme(when they aren't around Moon of course), which actually helps make them feel more individually effective then just pawns for Moon.
The OP theme has different singers (I think its Moon herself) but it's still one of the catchiest shojo numbers. The END isn't a stand out, but being relatively, calm and soothing helps match the gentler tone S adapts later on.
R's plot greatly revolved around the origins of Chibi-Usa and made her personal journey with the fascinating plot directions all more marvelous.
But with the plot here being dragged out with little pay-off, all that's left is character integrity.
This is why the greatest blunders of this season are, without question, the Outer Planets. Pluto, who technically debuted in R, shows up now with significantly more involvement, but like the later robotized Uranus and Neptune, quickly becomes just as empty as one of those comfy containment chambers for psychotic criminals.
Lock whoever managed the scripts on the Outer Planet sailors away in that same room!
Compared to that blunder, Chibi-Usa's reentry taking her bond with Usagi a couple steps back is a trifle.
Nevertheless, that also makes the usual banter between Moon & Inner P. feel complacently stale. It helps that they make some of the characters rough with Uranus and Neptune (the Jupiter vs. Uranus fight doesn't happen in this season, folks!), but it all feels utterly spoiled by the blunder.
Thankfully, the surprise inclusion of "the last sailor" does put a nice spin on honest emotion.
Being that emotion is Sailor Moon's strength, this makes the ending both memorable and satisfying...
I found the fun factor of this season to be a little stronger than the 1st season, but nowhere NEAR how fulfilling a single episode of R could be.
Faulty handling of characters (yes that blunder!), really makes transitioning to newer circumstances difficult since they are always involved!
Even the ending's unpredictable outcome features a last stand of Uranus and Neptune being the most distanced excuses of females I have ever seen.
Please try people, not to think of this as "another good season" of SM, because it is not.
I have yet to see Super S, but this season might just rank with it for pissing potential down the drain.
It's bad enough to use creative energy only to fail; it's another thing to do something half-assed.
And S is, unfortunately, the latter.
+ Great first half; handles the differences and slow transitions of Uranus and Neptune wonderfully. Saturn's tale is a splendid final bow to this season. Musical improvements.
- Painfully stupid plot decision in the middle; throws off the pacing and later developments for a little too long. Toei skimped out too much here.read more
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